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post #1 of 20
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Could some one explain the low and high on a crock pot. I read the high just gets to the simmer point faster than low ,but what happens after it gets there to the simmer point does the heat stay higher than low?
post #2 of 20

It depends a bit on the age of your crockpot. 

 

Older slow cookers were 175 F on low and 195 F on high, whereas the newer slow cookers operate on at least 200 F on low, and 300 on high.

 

The heat was changed because a few people were getting sick on the low temperature settings of the old models. The food was taking too long to come to food safe temperatures.  This is more a problem of the user improperly setting things up, but what are you going to do?

 

So now you need to adapt recipes to fit with the new cooker temps or you'll have very overcooked food. 

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post #3 of 20
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I am asking what happens after reach simmer point........say use high . I know using high gets to simmering point faster than low,but what happens after you reach simmer point on high> Does it cook at the 212 degree or with some it is higher or does the heat drop ? If kept at the 212 or higher would boil right? Making high cooking the food faster?

post #4 of 20

It cycles on and off to hold those temperatures. Modern crockpots don't really simmer anymore.

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post #5 of 20
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on high would boil right at 212 or higher

post #6 of 20

Yes, and the low would too at my elevation. 

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post #7 of 20
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Read on low or high it is just how fast it reaches simmering point and stabilizes. If do on high it would go past the stabilizing point. Am I correct in this? I did a temp. Check and at high I am at 218
post #8 of 20

The thermostat will try to attain its set temperature. What temperature it achieves depends on what's in your pot and the strength of the heating element and how fast it can lose the heat. Generally there is enough water and water containing items that you won't get much above boiling during normal cooking times. If you filled your pot with oil, you'd hit higher temps. 

 

There's not really any difference in the heating rate, more where the element shuts off.  It's not shooting for any true simmer or stable cooking point, just a factory set temperature. 

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post #9 of 20
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So you just going for the temp. They say on low like 185 to 200 and high 200to225 . Nothing to do with simmer points ,just range between low or high your doing?
post #10 of 20

That's how it works.

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post #11 of 20
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Basically it is only used the low and high to determine the cooking time of the food or shall I say the settings controll the cooking temp. And nothing to do with speed takes to simmering point?
post #12 of 20

I'd leave it with time. That's how most crockpot recipes are written and used.

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post #13 of 20
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phatch.... thanks for you help yesterday. My wife asked me why do some sites say ....Using an instant read thermometer will ensure that your unit is up to temperature. Crock-Pot® SlowCcookers reach the simmer point and stabilize on both "High" and "Low" at about 209°F. If they dont do anything with stabilizing like you stated before? Why would they mention it? If you have any answers would appr. it. Also could you explain the stabilizing part too.

post #14 of 20

They may have added fuzzy logic. If they have, I don't know. I'm going by what I've learned from my old slow cooker and what I've seen reported on the new ones. You'll have to contact the makers of that line of pots and find out what they're doing differently. 

 

 

That said, they may be generalizing that for the amount of liquid people use, the rate of heat they apply and the rate of heat the device loses, it averages out to those points. I don't know for sure. 

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post #15 of 20

I just bought an old school 7 quart crock pot today as mine is programmable and won't work with my sous vide controller. 

post #16 of 20

I have a couple of old school pots.  Tested one yesterday with a gallon of water in it.  On low, it took several hours to come up to a steady 170 F.  Turned it to high, and about an hour later had the water simmering at 195.  Yes, water boils before 212 here at 4300 feet above sea level.

 

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post #17 of 20
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I have been reading crock pots don't cycle on and off but stay at same temp? Suppose to be like a stove top. So what is right?
post #18 of 20

To my knowledge, they don't cycle.

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post #19 of 20
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In above post you said it does cycle to hold temp.
post #20 of 20

Put a watt meter on it and figure it out then.

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